Joshua Goldstein wrote a whole book to explain that our world today, despite the seemingly endless number of crisis, is in fact the least brutal it has ever been. He concluded with empirical evidence that U.N. peacekeepers, as neutral third parties on the ground, have been stopping tribal factions from fighting and escalating violence. That form of humanitarian intervention works, because it stops blood feuds. An example of intervention where I think does not work is the recent NATO bombing of the Quadhafi ruling faction in Libya in support of the rebels taking power. In fact, such transition incurs further violence and bloodshed. I fear the possibility of the two factions killing each other has in fact been heightened, perhaps in an even more inhumane way at a future time. Such is the fine line between interventions, the humane ones versus the inhumane ones.
Resoluton 2042 on Syria has just passed in the U.N.. Peacekeepers will now be sent to the country to help ensure a ceasefire between the government and the rebels. Finally, this is a true win for real humanitarian intervention. The world deserves applause for this step. China Daily reports on why Russia and China rejected the previous resolutions:
China and Russia – both permanent members on the Council — joined the other 13 Council members and voted in favour of Resolution 2042. The two nations vetoed twice — in October and in February – resolutions on Syria, stating they supported to solve the Syria crisis through international dialogue instead of “regime change”.
Both also said the previous resolutions were unbalanced and didn’t address issues like attacks by rebel groups.
Li Baodong, China’s permanent representative to the UN, said after the vote that China always maintains that “the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the choice and will of the Syrian people should be respected”.
Li said the Syrian crisis should be resolved in “a just, peaceful and proper manner through political dialogue”, urging all parties, and the Syrian government and the opposition factions “to strictly honor their commitments to cease all acts of violence and create conditions for the launch of a Syria-led inclusive political process”.